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Wisconsin shuts out Nebraska, 2-0



Oct. 7, 2011

Wisconsin 2, Nebraska 0
Nebraska Soccer Field • Lincoln, Neb.

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WIS 43:58 Cara Walls (Laurie Nosbusch)
WIS 81:05 Laurie Nosbusch (Lauren Cochlin)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Michele Dalton 90:00 0 11
NEB Emma Stevens 90:00 2 1
 Stats at a Glance WIS NEB
 Shots 10 19
 Shots on Goal 3 12
 Saves 12 1
 Offsides 4 0
 Corner Kicks 5 2
 Yellow Cards 1 2
 Red Cards 0 0
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MADISON, Wis. -- Cara Walls and Laurie Nosbusch each scored a goal and Michele Dalton made 11 saves as the Wisconsin women's soccer team won on the road in shutout fashion over Nebraska, 2-0, on Friday afternoon. The win snaps a three-game winless streak (0-1-2) for the Badgers.

"I thought we did well as a group and got some opportunistic goals from collective play," Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins said. "It was truly a team effort tonight, and I think it's the first time I've seen that consistency or that effort from this group."

 Fast Facts
• Nosbusch and Walls each score in UW's first win over NU
• Dalton sets season high with 11 saves in net
• Win snaps three-match winless streak for Badgers

With the victory, Wisconsin (8-4-2, 3-1-2) secured its first-ever win over the Huskers (5-7-1, 2-4-0), as the teams met for just the fourth time.

Entering Friday's game in Lincoln, the play of Nosbusch and Walls had been an indicator of Wisconsin's success. The Badgers were 6-2-0 when either player scored, but 1-2-2 when both were kept off the scoreboard.

The forward duo was at its best on Friday and they have now combined for 12 of the Badgers' 19 goals in 2011.

"I think it's great," Wilkins said of Nosbusch and Walls' performance. "In the past few games Cara hadn't had a shot on goal, but today they were to be able to find each other, take chances and finish them well.

"Sometimes for goal scorers it takes time and they just have to believe they're going to score. It also helped to get Paige Adams back on the field and she was a huge part of that second goal."

Walls scored what turned out to be the game-winner late in the first half.

Nosbusch got the ball in transition and drew a defender in before flicking it through to Walls who slotted it into the net.

Wisconsin held a 1-0 lead at halftime, and the team is now 7-0-0 on the year when leading after the first 45 minutes. The Badgers held the lead despite being outshot by Nebraska, 10-4.

The second half was more of the same as the Huskers kept up the pressure and held a 9-6 advantage in shots.

However, Nosbusch gave the Badgers some breathing room in the 82nd minute.

Paige Adams passed to Lauren Cochlin who then dribbled the ball far up the field, forcing NU goalkeeper Emma Stevens to come out and anticipate a shot. With Stevens committed, Cochlin served the ball over to Nosbusch who put in the back of the net for her fifth goal of the year.

While Walls and Nosbusch provided the offensive spark, Dalton was unbeatable in net. She made 11 saves, a season high and one off of her career high of 12 set in 2009.

"She was very good today," Wilkins said of Dalton's performance. "It was probably one of the best goalkeeping performances I've seen in my career. She made a big difference because they were very good at creating some opportunities, and she really helped us keep a clean sheet."

Dalton had multiple point-blank saves in the contest and the Badgers' defense did well to contain Nebraska's potent duo of Morgan Marlborough and Jordan Jackson, who had combined for 18 goals on the season coming into the game.

Wisconsin returns to the pitch next weekend in its final road games of the season. The Badgers visit Northwestern on Friday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. before playing at Illinois at 4 p.m. live on the Big Ten Network on Sunday, Oct. 16.

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